On December 23, 2018, I was walking between fields near my home when a lone grey heron (アオサギ) appeared in the sky. As the heron began to descend, I aimed my camera at the top of an old light pole, the tallest location along the bird’s flight path.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)

When I first spotted the heron in the sky, I thought it might land on a treetop along the Yasugawa riverbank. Grey herons, great egrets, and great cormorants often perch on these two trees.

Trees along Yasugawa
Trees along Yasugawa in Hayashi, Ritto City, with Mikamiyama in the background

I’m grateful that such a magnificent creature chose to land nearby as I was watching.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ)
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea, アオサギ) in Hayashi, Ritto City

See more bird photos in my Flickr photostream or Birds in Shiga Prefecture, one of my Flickr albums.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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